Even Helpers Need Neediest Cases
December 17th, 2014 7:55 AM
Anita Pickett is a case manager for Hope for the Inner City. Usually she spends her days helping clients find the assistance they need. But two months ago, she found herself asking for help.
"Basically that's what I do here at work," Pickett said. "I help people with their bills. And I was in need myself."
Hope for the Inner City closed its office temporarily this fall for remodeling, said Diane Jarvis, Neediest Cases manager at the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. As a result, Pickett lost some income for a time, and she found herself in a bind. She said she didn't know how she was going to pay her electric bill.
However, because of her job as a case manager, she knew where to go for help: the Neediest Cases fund.
Pickett often refers clients to Neediest Cases -- a fund sponsored by the Times Free Press and designed to help families or individuals who aren't eligible for most other types of assistance and need help to regain stability.
On that day several months ago, Pickett ended up referring herself.
Jarvis said she talks with Pickett almost daily, but was somewhat surprised when Pickett called on behalf of herself.
Pickett needed $250 to keep her lights on, Jarvis said. Jarvis also didn't know initially if Pickett was even allowed to qualify.
Jarvis said they decided she did.
"She's no different than anybody else," Jarvis said. "She's working every day and helping other people. We just decided that was a good way to help our own."
Pickett said the money helped her pay her electric bill, and now she uses the experience to better connect with her clients at Hope for the Inner City.
"It just so happens that I can relate, that I'm no better than anyone who walks through this door," she said, of her office. "Everyone needs help. That's what drives me."
She added, "I would just like to say thank God for Neediest Cases."
Xmas Confetti Challenge
December 16th, 2014 5:55 PM
The KMT Christmas Confetti Bucket Challenge
DEADLINE: By 11:59 p.m., Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
This holiday season, KMT invites you to participate in their very own Christmas Confetti Bucket Challenge! It’s simple: pour this bucket of confetti over your head and KMT will make a donation to United Way of Greater Chattanooga, which they encourage others to do as well. KMT wants to get people in the giving spirit and encourage them to donate to United Way, as they are. Videos need to be posted to the KMT Facebook page by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24).
You’ll need to capture the act on video, so grab a camera and get ready…
Step 1: State your name and the name of your company.
Step 2: Repeat the following, “I accept KMT’s Christmas Confetti Bucket Challenge. If I dump this bucket over my head, KMT will make a donation to United Way of Greater Chattanooga.”
Step 3: Lift and tip the confetti over your head. This can be self-executed, or you can have someone do the honors. Brace yourself, it will be messy and fun!
Step 4: Go to KMT Creative Group’s Facebook page and post your video there.
Step 5: Feel good about the United Way contribution KMT will make in your name, and most importantly,…
Step 6: Have a very blessed holiday season!